Exclusive Daily Download: "Passe Muraille," Syd Matters

Published June 5, 2006 7:01AM (EDT)

Syd Matters is a Frenchman who makes post-Radiohead singer-songwriter mope music, with electronics and alienation smoothly incorporated into acoustic melancholia, and he makes it uncommonly well. His self-titled U.S. debut is consistently impressive, but I particularly like "Passe Muraille," which opens with a few minutes of beautifully unsettling guitar and electronics atmospherics before falling into a simple repeated melody, somewhere between a hymn and a children's nursery rhyme.

-- T.B.

By Salon Staff

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